“The superb cabaret/jazz singer and her ace piano accompanist (Roy) specialize in unearthing lesser-known tunes from the Great American Songbook, bringing forgotten gems to light with lyrical acuity and melodic finesse.” —The Boston Globe
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Don’t Bother to Knock album — Shepley Metcalf and Ron Roy
Hidden gems from the 1930s to ‘50s [PDF]
Previews and Reviews
Read the Stage Buddy review of Shepley’s Metropolitan Room (New York City) show featuring tunes from her new album Don’t Bother to Knock.
“You know you’re dealing with a real old school cabaret singer when she tackles a bunch of old songs by famous writers that you really haven’t heard much of or before. A pair of Bostonians that have working together since a chance meeting at a workshop in Tuscany, their affinity must have been immediate and smoking because they play it on the natch throughout. Fun stuff that opens cabaret to all, this is some killer jazz vocal work that’s sure to bowl you over.” —Chris Spector, Midwest Record
Shepley and Ron’s “Going Places” show (Wed., Nov 12 at Scullers Jazz Club) was featured in Cambridge Chronicle’s Sounds Around Town: Visiting the world in song.
Read The New York Times review of Shepley’s 2011 show of Fran Landesman songs.
Goings On About Town Metropolitan Room—Oct. 24 The Boston-based singer Shepley Metcalf champions the work of Fran Landesman, a lyricist best known for the imperishable gems “Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most” and “The Ballad of the Sad Young Men.” — The New Yorker
HIGH FIVE: 5 recordings Shepley Metcalf feels would be a good introduction to Nyro (read story) —The Boston Globe
Shepley Metcalf Flashes Back: A Wellfleet Tribute to Laura Nyro (read story) —Provincetown Magazine
“The excellent cabaret/jazz singer is foremost a sensitive interpreter of lyrics. A true conservator of the Great American Songbook, she’s even added to the pool by championing the recent songs of legendary lyricist Fran Landesman.” —The Boston Globe
★★★★ “…the result is this rather fine, exquisitely programmed 15-song collection, Something Irresistible: Songs of Fran Landesman + Simon Wallace. From the most heartfelt balladry (‘Save the Photographs’) to the breeziest of up-tempo songs (‘In A New York Minute’) to the sly humour of ‘Hyde Side Blues’ and ‘Did We Have Any Fun?’, these witty, urbane and touching songs exert a powerful hold. Metcalf’s central triptych of ‘Down’, ‘Scars’ and the salutary caught-with-your-pants-down tale of ‘Feet Do Your Stuff’ … is outstanding.” —Jazzwise (U.K.’s best-selling jazz magazine)
“Well they (Fran’s new songs) have at least one new champion called Shepley Metcalf who may sound like a village in Somerset but actually comes from Boston and has recorded a CD of Landesman/Wallace songs titled Something Irresistible. In cabaret she has a complete show on the same theme and it’s been doing well, and far away from Boston too. (Shepley) may end up as America’s leading salesperson for the Landesman/Wallace songs…” —Russell Davies Song Show, BBC Radio 2, August 21, 2011, a tribute program to Fran Landesman. Davies played ‘It’s Cool to be Cool’ from Shepley’s album.
“…a menu well-worth sampling and savoring… small treasures to savor” —Talkin’ Broadway
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